The Essentials: 1983

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In 1983, the first mobile phones were introduced to the public, courtesy of Motorola.  Microsoft Word hit the market.  Swatch created its first watch.  The series finale of M*A*S*H garnered 125 million viewers - an all-time high for a non-sports broadcast.  Michael Jackson had a helluva year, with hit singles "Beat It" and Billie Jean."  Cabbage Patch Dolls were all the rage.

In theaters, audiences had plenty of great movies to choose from.  Here are the ones that just narrowly missed the cut: The Outsiders, Mr. Mom, Twilight Zone: The Movie, and WarGames.  And here are your Essentials:

 

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  • Great picks! I haven't seen The Hunger, but I'll have to add that to my pile of movies to see.

    Is Vacation the one where Clark asks for directions and gets told to do something inappropriate to his mother?

  • First, "Strange Brew" must be added to this list. It is essential in general, but certainly in the top 10 for 1983. Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" should be on there too. Beyond that, I've thought this through and 1983 was an excellent year for good "awful" movies. Here's the list of other worth considering: Private School, Class, All the Right Moves, My Tutor, The Man with Two Brains, My Tutor, Stroker Ace, Going Berserk, Dr. Detroit, DC Cab, Gorky Park, Flashdance, Octopussy, Superman III (it's got Richard Pryor), Blue Thunder, and Star 80. Looking back, I can't believe how many 1983 films I've actually seen several times.

  • First, "Strange Brew" must be added to this list. It is essential in general, but certainly in the top 10 for 1983. Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" should be on there too. Beyond that, I've thought this through and 1983 was an excellent year for good "awful" movies. Here's the list of other worth considering: Private School, Class, All the Right Moves, My Tutor, The Man with Two Brains, My Tutor, Stroker Ace, Going Berserk, Dr. Detroit, DC Cab, Gorky Park, Flashdance, Octopussy, Superman III (it's got Richard Pryor), Blue Thunder, and Star 80. Looking back, I can't believe how many 1983 films I've actually seen several times.

  • First, "Strange Brew" must be added to this list. It is essential in general, but certainly in the top 10 for 1983. Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" should be on there too. Beyond that, I've thought this through and 1983 was an excellent year for good "awful" movies. Here's the list of other worth considering: Private School, Class, All the Right Moves, My Tutor, The Man with Two Brains, My Tutor, Stroker Ace, Going Berserk, Dr. Detroit, DC Cab, Gorky Park, Flashdance, Octopussy, Superman III (it's got Richard Pryor), Blue Thunder, and Star 80. Looking back, I can't believe how many 1983 films I've actually seen several times.

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